Upcoming Events


Summer Sabbath—Letting the land lie fallow


Sunday Summer Schedule for June 16-August 4

7:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I

9:00 a.m. Sunday School

10:05 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II 


Starting on Trinity Sunday, June 16, St. James’ will experience a Summer Sabbath schedule for eight weeks, combining the 8:40 am and 11:05 am into one service at 10:05 am.

We hope that by combining the services for a little while, that those gathered will slow their pace and enjoy the company of each other on Sunday mornings. Porch Time returns with offerings shaped by the Christian Education Committee and clergy, as we gather informally in Fowler Hall and on the porch:

July 7 & 14: American Pie, with the Rev. David Elliott
July 21: Separation of Church and State, with Granville Tate
July 28: (The Feast Day of St. James) Walking the Way of St. James, with the Rev. Marian Fortner
August 4: Just What is an Interim and what do they do?, with the Rev. Marian Fortner and Wardens Tommy Shepherd and Leigh Grady




from 9 AM to 9:50 AM on July 14 & 21.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Summer Atrium for Pre-K4 and Kindergarten children led by guest catechist, Kim Sewell, and a team of St. James’ volunteers meets in Room 203 on the 2nd floor of Gray Hall. 
For Pre-K4 through 5th Grade Children on July 14, 21 and 28:
On July 14 and 21, 1st through 5th grade children will meet in the Children’s Garden. Please send children in gardening clothes and outdoor shoes.
On July 14, Ellen Ford will explain the beneficial role of worms and the children will build a worm farm. During the 2nd half of this class, the children will make pesto from the garden basil and mix it with pasta. Children will go home with a small jar of pesto pasta! Parents are invited to attend and children are encouraged to bring basil from their home garden.
On July 21 , Marcie Lockett, local bird expert will give an introduction to birding and how to recognize the sounds of different birds. Marcie is back this year by popular demand! On July 14 and July 21, Pre-K4 and Kindergarten children will attend the summer atrium led by guest catechist, Kim Sewell, on Room 203 of Gray Hall.
On July 28, parishioners of all ages, children included, will gather in Fowler Hall for a special St. James’ Day Class.
All of these July classes need a parent or parish volunteer assistant. To volunteer, please contact Mary Nell at mprichard@stjjax.org or 601-664-8709.

Offered by St. James' Children and Family Ministries


Wet Wednesdays in July for Children and Families

Parents and grandparents, plan to bring your children and grandchildren and your friends and their friends to Wet Wednesdays for parish night supper, water games, and a whole lot of fun. Activities will be held between 5 and 6:30 pm.

July 24: Water slide in the backyard with Deep South Popsicles served by our 5th grade children.

July 31: Our Curate, Abram Jones, along with our youth will offer inter-generational water games, including ice bucket kickball with a slippery slide into home base. Sprinklers and wading pools for the little ones!

Offered by St. James' Youth Ministries and Children and Family Ministries

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Thursday, July 18, 5-7 pm

Briarwood Pool @ 570 Reddoch Drive, Jackson.

We will swim and have pizza. Contact Leigh Ann Wilkins at leighannwilkins@comcast.net or Abram Jones at ajones@stjjax.org for more info. Hope to see you there!

August 3, 7 am - 11 am

August 3, 7 am - 11 am


August 3, 7 am - 11 am

Mark your calendars for the annual St. James' Rummage Sale!

Donations may be dropped off on the Sunday prior to the sale from 3 pm - 6 pm
and then the week of July 29-August 2 from 10 am - 5 pm 

All Donations should be Clean with All Clothes Clean and on Hangers
No BOOK Donations can be accepted. Thank you!

** We would LOVE to get more children’s clothes this year - this seems to be a great community need. **

Rummage Money is now Available!

Buy a $20 gift card for friends and family that they can spend at the Rummage Sale on August 3. Available in Fowler Hall this Sunday or through Iris Isaacs @ 601-201-6478 or isi622@icloud.com.


Sneak Peek Preview Party

Just $20 Admission
Friday, August 2
5:30-8:00 pm

* See What Great Treasures You Can Find *
Enjoy Early Bird Shopping  * Nibbles * Wine * Fun with Church Friends * More  





We welcome Marcie Lockett, local bird expert, to our St. James' Church on Sunday, July 21, from 9 am to 10 am in the Children's Garden on the south side of Gray Hall. Marcie will give us a good introduction to birding in Mississippi with a special focus on hummingbirds. We will listen to and learn how to recognize the sounds of many different birds; discover what local birds eat and why; learn about many different types of bird feeders and also touch on migration. Birding is such a wonderful activity that invites the whole family to step outside and notice one of God's most special gifts of the earth! ALL parishioners interested in birding are welcome! Please bring a folding chair. Offered by St. James' Children and Family Ministries



All Parishioners invited!

St. James’ is offering two Good Shepherd classes for adults this summer and a nationally recognized formation course this fall. All parishioners are invited to participate in any of these three as a way to grow in the knowledge and love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. Though each offering is grounded in the Catechesis presentations for a particular age child, the content is appropriate for adults of all ages. Level I of Catechesis lifts up the deepest mysteries of the Christian faith as given to 3 – 6 year old children and offers grounding in a personal relationship of love. Level II introduces the cosmic nature of God’s love to 6 – 9 year old children and invites us to see ourselves as part of the history of salvation. Level III explores the great events of the Hebrew Scriptures with 9 – 12 year old children, examines them in the light of Redemption and calls us to ponder our place and the work of our hands in God’s kingdom.

Level I Formation Course begins the evening of Aug 23 and continues one Saturday a month through May 2020.
Level II short classes are offered on July 11, July 19 and July 23.
Level III classes are offered on July 14, 15 and 16. Parents of children ages 3 years old – 5th grade are encouraged to take the classes that correspond to the age of their children.

Parishioners of all ages are encouraged to participate to nourish personal faith and to support faith formation for children and families at St. James’.

To inquire or register, please contact Mary Nell Prichard, Director of Children and Family Ministries at mprichard@stjjax.org. Tuition waived for St. James’ members.



Now is the time to register for the 2019 - 2020 Children's Church School year! The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, St. James' Christian formation program for children ages 3 years old - 5th grade, begins on August 11 at 9:50 am with an intergenerational class in Fowler Hall. Please register now for Sunday Atrium on-line at www.stjamesjackson.com, under the Children's tab, so that your child may be assigned an atrium. Your registration will ensure that you will receive information about the start of atrium.

Children Pre-K 4 through 5th grade will begin regular atrium on Sunday, August 18.
Rising 3 year old children will enter the atrium on September 8.

Offered by St. James' Children and Family Ministries



January 1-5, 2020

It is time to start planning our youth ski trip. The sooner we book the less expensive it is, so if your youth (grades 6th-12th) is interested in going this year or if you have any questions contact Allyson Strange at thestranges@me.com. Deposit of $100 due by September 1.



Sundays, Sep 15 - Nov 3, 3-4 pm, in Gray Hall, Clergy Vesting Room

St James’ will be offering an 8 week divorce recovery group based on the book by Bruce Fisher, "Rebuilding when Your Relationship Ends." Anyone is invited who feels they could use some help with adjusting to life after a marriage/relationship has ended. Please register by emailing or calling Jan Thornton, jthornton@stjjax.org; 601-982-4880. Also, plan to order the book and workbook ahead of the class. Any questions email Maura Jelliffe at mauraphillips2011@comcast.net.



Sunday, Aug 18, 10 am in the Moyer Room.


interested in helping St. James’ restart St. Martha’s Guild to provide food for families who have a funeral at St. James’ and desire this ministry?

If you are interested join us for this organizational meeting or call the church office at 601-982-4880.



We are looking for men that can help with small projects around the house, ie: replace a ceiling fan, repair some wood. The Bible calls us to 'help the widows and orphans' and we are looking to restart the St. Joseph's Guild; a men's guild that goes and helps those members of St James' community that have been on this great planet for many years and need our help with small projects around the house.

Want to help but unsure if you can do the work? We also need some men that can act as helpers on these projects!!

Have questions? Interested in joining? Contact Ray Lewis at 601-940-0037 or rjlewis07@hotmail.com



Beware, flocks of flamingos are about to descend! But worry not, your friendly neighborhood youth group is here to help! Flamingo insurance can be purchased from the youth program for $30. This insures your yard stays flamingo free. If you don't get insurance and flamingos do magically appear in your yard, the youth group will happily remove them for a $30. Just for fun, for an extra $10 you get to decide where the flamingos go next! All proceeds go towards special needs ministry of the diocese. There is still time to get the insurance! Contact The Rev. Abram Jones at ajones@stjjax.org with questions.

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Calling all students looking for service hours! We need help with several projects that need to be done. If you can spare some time please email Judy at jjohnson@stjjax.org and let her know.



First Tuesday of Each Month

Place to be determined. This will be a great opportunity to gather and enjoy fellowship with others. Ladies interested in getting together and 'linking' for lunch contact Lana Boyll at 601-624-0221 or lbboyll@yahoo.com. Can't make lunch? Contact Meredith Matlock at 601-954-5071 or meredithmatlock@gmail.com for a Ladies Linking Dinner.



The Children’s Garden on the south side of Gray Hall is open Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:45 pm

If you have not visited the garden, please do so with your children. There is always something to discover, taste, explore, plant, harvest or dig! Parents and parishioners are welcome to work with the children, lounge and chat with friends or have a therapeutic moment of adult gardening

Offered by St. James' Children and Family Ministries




Registration is now open!

There is still plenty of time to register for sessions of this summer at Camp Bratton-Green. Last year, St James' sent the most kids of any church in the diocese and we would love to hold onto this title. For those who have just finished the 3rd and 4th grades, Elementary 2 runs July 13-18, and is directed by our very own Rev. Abram Jones. This is a great week to get your kids acquainted with camp if they have never gone before. For those who have just completed the 5th and 6th grades, Middler 2 runs July 20-25. Registration can be found at graycenter.org. For any questions about the diocesan camping ministry contact Father Abram at ajones@stjjax.org or call 769-223-2267.

Visit www.graycenter.org for more information or contact Abram Jones at 769-223-2267: ajones@stjjax.org.


Memorials at the Columbaria

Flowers and mementos left on the columbarium as memorials are a normal part of grieving and are allowed by the Church. Memorials may not be left at either of the inside columbaria. Only fresh flowers may be placed on the outside columbarium. St. James' will remove all flowers once they start to wilt. Mementos left on the outside columbarium will be removed daily. Due to the possibility of breakage and injury, glass of any sort is not allowed on the columbarium.


2020 Honduras Medical Mission

Saturday, February 15 - Saturday, February 22, 2020

Applications are available online at www.diosms.org, under the Ministries tab. Deadline for filing the application is July 15, 2019. The team will be chosen and applicants notified in August 2019. There is a mandatory overnight team retreat at Gray Center Friday Jan 11, 2020, 10 - 5 am. Individuals must pay their own team fees of $1600. The first $750 must be paid by September 15, 2019, with the remainder due December 15, 2019. Anyone may apply – we always have a need for medical professionals including doctors, nurses, veterinarians, dentists, dental hygienists, optometrists, and pharmacists. There are also openings for general support for which no prior training is necessary.
We always need Spanish-speaking applicants, but there are translators present for those who don’t speak Spanish.

Wish to help but don’t like to travel?
Here are two ways to do so: WORD OF MOUTH! Almost everyone knows a medical professional or someone who loves to help others and travel! Encourage them to apply.
DONATIONS! While team members pay for their own expenses, the mission does fundraising to raise the money to purchase medicines, supplies, and tools needed to serve the team. We also offer small grants to the community for infrastructure, economic, and educational improvements. Any support of these activities – either by individuals, vestries, or servant ministry groups is welcome.
Donations may be sent to the Honduras Medical Mission, c/o Sheree Ranson, 705 Rayburn Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.

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Register Online Now! All information for the school can also be accessed from the website. Please note that community registration began on Monday, Feb 4 and enrollment is on a first come basis. If you would like additional information about the school or have any questions, please contact Whitney Veazey, 601-941-4296.



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(Or in Oak Ridge Hall depending on the weather)

Sundays at 3 pm for about an hour-ish.

The class is for all levels (beginner to experienced). Bring a mat and a blanket (if you don't have a yoga blanket any beach towel will do - it is just for sitting on and padding our knees) and some water; if you want to bring blocks or straps that is fine as well. As this is a sacred space, all are invited to bring something 'sacred to them' to place on the Labyrinth. If you have any questions contact Ray at 601-940-0037 or rjlewis07@hotmail.com.



We will gather to knit, crochet, and share stories together on the 2nd Monday of each month from 2-4 pm in the Guild Parlor. The next gathering will be Monday, July 8. Everyone is welcome to join us!



Sunday, July 28, St. James’ Sunday; Sunday, Nov 3, All Saints Day. If you are interested in any of these baptism dates, contact kstephens@stjjax.org.



Come visit our display in Fowler Hall! The Order of the daughters of the King (DOK) is excited with our ministry: Art for the Soul. Each month different artists display their artwork, including paintings, pottery, jewelry and more. This program allows the artist to showcase and sell art to the members of St. James' as well as others who attend various programs throughout the month. DOK uses its proceeds from Art for the Soul to support outreach ministries. If you have any questions, special requests, or would like to make a purchase please contact Cathy Richardson at 601-572-5096.